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Electric Car News!

Post by brian » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:46 pm

Mar 30, 2010: Nissan Motor Co said that it's new electric car, the Leaf, will cost just over $25,000. The base price is $32,780 but there's a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit. The Leaf can go up to 100 miles on a single charge form a home outlet.
This compares to the GM Volt, which starts at around $35,000 and runs around $27,500 after the tax credit. The Volt goes around 40 miles between charges.
See the full Ap story Nissan electric car to cost $25K after tax credit
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Re: Electric Car News!

Post by brian » Thu May 27, 2010 3:06 pm

May 25, 2010: Hoping to ride a Leaf to work? Faagetaboutit! Nissan Says Electric Car Is Sold Out for This Year
The preorders for the Leaf include 13,000 in the United States, where dealers take a $99 deposit, and 6,000 in Japan
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Re: Electric Car News!

Post by MSI » Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:02 pm

July 27, 2010:From USA Today Chevy Volt will cost $41,000 before tax credits
The company just announced that the new Chevy Volt will be priced at $41,000 for a base model, which General Motors promises will be fairly well-equipped, and $44,600 fully loaded. A $7,500 federal tax credit will be available to many customers.
The Volt, due to go on sale in December, is one of the most anticipated cars ever. It's GM's first attempt at an electric car, but this one has an auxiliary gasoline engine to recharge the batteries after they run out of juice. So unlike a pure electric such as the Nissan Leaf, you have no range limitations with the Volt.
Nissan has priced the Leaf at $32,780, making the Volt substantially more expensive, but substantially more capable.
GM will start taking Volt orders today: http://www.getmyvolt.com
The first state to get the Volt will be California, where buyers may get an additional $5,000 tax rebate.
So that means for California, a baseline Volt is approx $41,000 - $7,500 - $5,000 = $28,500
Whereas in the rest of the US it will be $41,000 - $7,500 = $33,500
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Post by MSI » Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:08 pm

July 27, 2010: And also from USA Today Enterprise to start renting Nissan Leaf electric cars
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is going to start renting Nissan Leaf electrics beginning in January 2011. There will only be 500 initially and they will be dispersed among eight cities: Phoenix; Tucson; Knoxville, Tenn.; Nashville; San Diego; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle.
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Re: Electric Car News!

Post by brian » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:09 am

July 28, 2010: New York Times, another article on more details on the Volt:The Volt, GM's Plug-In Car, Gets a $41,000 Price Tag
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Re: Electric Car News!

Post by brian » Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:56 pm

From the Independent a publication from NC how the electric car will save us
Excellent presentation of some of the latest news on Electric vehicle technology.
(posted from my iPad at 30000 feet!)
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Re: Electric Car News!

Post by brian » Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:10 am

See Men's Journal The Car of the Future
Featured a discussion of the and much more.
See the article online The Car of the Future
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Re: Electric Car News!

Post by brian » Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:02 pm

Oct 12, 2010: NY Times Bringing Home Baby, Your Electric Car
Some interesting things to consider before you decide whether to add an electric car to your house:
  • While recharging can be done on an existing plug, it may take 16-20 hours.
    So you may want/need to add $2000 to add a dedicated 220 charger (kinda like another electric dryer line which is what the Tesla is going to allow, an adapter to use your existing dryer 220 lines!). That will drop the charge time from 16-20 to 4-6 hours.
    If you have an older house, you may need a significant upgrade of the wiring which means more money. By older, we mean if your house was built before 1990, you may be in for more costs.
All told, Nissan predicts an average of 2.6 cents a mile for the Leaf compared with 12 cents a mile for a gas car getting 25 miles per gallon at $3 a gallon. There are other variables involved, including potential battery pack replacement and the time you put in charging versus quick gas station fill-ups. But 20,000 miles at 10 cents a mile savings could mean $2000 per year savings!
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Re: Electric Car News!

Post by brian » Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:24 pm

Nov 22, 2010: Utilities scramble to get ready for electric cars
  • Plugged into a socket, an electric car can draw as much power as a small house. The surge in demand could knock out power to a home, or even a neighborhood. That has utilities scrambling to upgrade transformers and other equipment in neighborhoods where the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt are expected to be in high demand.
    Not since air conditioning spread across the country in the 1950s and 1960s has the power industry faced such a growth opportunity. Last year, Americans spent $325 billion on gasoline, and utilities would love even a small piece of that market.
    Electric cars run on big batteries that are charged by plugging into a standard wall socket or a more powerful charging station. A combined 30,000 Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts are expected to be sold over the next year. Over the next two years, Ford, Toyota and other major automakers also plan to offer electric cars
See the full story: Utilities scramble to get ready for electric cars
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